Valentine’s Day. For some people, it’s a chance to express their love for someone special; for others, it’s a Tuesday.
I’m usually a grump when it comes to Valentine’s Day—it’s a made-up holiday, after all. But all holidays are, and we all need to give and receive a little more love these days. So this year I encourage all you stoners and weed-curious people out there to take advantage of some Seattle-specific Valentine’s traditions with a get-lit-twist. And if you are going solo on February 14, I most definitely encourage you to Treat Yo Self.
This year, tell your honey, “I love you—let’s get high” with a selection of the city’s best edibles. My favorites are the Proper Chocolates Reserve Line produced by botanicaSEATTLE and the selection of chocolates and cookies created by Goodship.
Proper Chocolates is the brainchild of chocolatier and pastry chef Hillary Brown. Her Reserve Line features fancy flavors like Strawberry Cremè and Whiskey Ganache, but these treats up the connoisseur game by featuring single-harvest strains, creating truly limited-edition chocolates that celebrate the particular terroir of the Pacific Northwest. Goodship, on the other hand, offers exceptionally delicious cookies and chocolates in traditional homespun flavors like chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and oatmeal raisin, as well as simple light and dark chocolate. The secret to the fabulous quality? The chef behind Goodship is none other than Nicki Kerbs, the genius behind munchy mecca Cupcake Royale.
The Seattle area is seeing a bloom of weed-friendly bed-and-breakfasts, but only a few will let you smoke inside. A particularly charming one is Mountain Views B&B. It’s super-private, LGBTQ-friendly, and pet-friendly, and you’ll be close to a ton of beautiful places to hike, including Wallace Falls. Get stoned in front of the fireplace, run through the cold night air, and then jump into the hot tub. They even provide a vaporizer.
If you are choosing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with more than two people—I see you, poly Seattle—head to the Cadillac of weed-friendly escapes, Lewis River Retreat. Boasting long decks, a fireplace, snuggle spots, and direct access to Lewis River, it’s made for big gatherings. You will also be close to Mount St. Helens and Ape Caves should you want to wander in the thawing wilderness with your loves.
Of course, you should have something to smoke while you’re getting freaky. Certain strains have become known for complementing and enhancing sexy vibes, and whether you’re going out or staying in for your adventure, there are several ways cannabis can add to the experience.
Sativas like Ultimate Trainwreck, Strawberry Blue, and Blueberry Dream all provide stimulating highs that go perfect with a date that includes wandering the waterfront and riding the ferris wheel, trying for a high score at your favorite gaming nightspot, then hitting the club to get sweaty. When you’re ready for things to get more intense, switch to indicas like Green Love Potion or CannaSutra that will allow you to sink into your body but retain a heightened sense of awareness. Hybrids like Jesus, Orange Velvet, and Cherry Sherbet will compliment diverse sensual activities. For a truly magical encounter, pair your favorite strains with Bond, the weed lube that gets you high, or CannaGold CBD, the weed lube that doesn’t get you high but reduces pain for even more intense play. MEAGAN ANGUS